Come back in time with me as we tour the exact locations on the Gettysburg battlefield where events happened - both momentous and mundane - during the battle that changed American history. We know for sure exactly where certain events happened because we can match the modern-day locations to where the old, period photographs were taken.
The Gettysburg battlefield was unique in the Civil War in that it was both heavily photographed and well preserved, allowing us to follow in the exact footsteps of the original photographers who took photos that they considered the most worthy at that time. Though no photos were taken while the battle was in progress, a large number were taken just a few days later - while Lee's army was still retreating back to Virginia, and before mothers learned their boys lay dead at a place called Gettysburg.
All of the best of the period photos known taken of Gettysburg in the days or month after the battle are included in this book, most with easily followed map locations of where they were taken, and even GPS coordinates. Where no immediate photos were taken of an interesting subject, I've included the earliest photo available, sometimes one or two decades after the battle.
In all, you'll find over 100 then & now Gettysburg photos in this book, as well as numerous landscape photos showing modern views of the battlefield. Whether you tour the battlefield from your easy chair, or actually walking the field, I hope and believe you'll find this book to be an invaluable companion.
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About the Author
I console myself with my pipe, a shot or two of bourbon, and decent health. When not sitting at home on my duff behind a computer, I can often be found tooling around the country in a beat-up old van, along with my attack-cat, Pepper, my chief critic.
The stated purpose of these trips is to gather data and photos for books – all four of them at present - but I do love walking battlefields and writing about them.
The Civil War has always fascinated me. I can remember when I was a kid in Illinois, reading about the clash of the Blue & the Gray and being amazed that Americans would fight each other with such fury. Back then that war seemed to have happened a zillion years ago. But as I’ve grown older and time passes faster, I’ve come to realize that the Civil War wasn’t that long ago at all. I think the last Civil War veteran died in the 1950s, in my lifetime, and there were lots of them still around when my parents were born.
Anyway, I decided to combine my interest in the Civil War with a couple of others - writing and computer technology
I consider myself more of a "splainer" rather than a true historian. For one thing I've never been to historian school, and for another I haven't spent years pouring through letters, newspapers and journals of the era. I greatly admire those who do and in my next life I might join them, but right now my goal is to take their consolidated research to the next step by explaining what happened in a way that readers can easily relate to, taking full advantage of computer technology that was only available to a limited extent if at all to my predecessors, including but not limited to, photography, map illustration, GPS, and whatever other tools I can lay hands on.
This is not to say I don't research my books. I do, usually for months. But I try not to get lost in research or in technology. My ultimate goal is to explain in plain terms what happened back then, and to do so in an entertaining fashion, and also to get across to the reader what it was really like to be a participant in these terrible battles.
The result is the book you see here.
Well,that’s pretty much the story of my life - so far.
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